Poetry Teatime: Togetherness, beauty, simplicity, and health
I have always loved tea. As a family, we have had a practice of drinking many different types of herbal teas throughout the year. It is a much loved habit that I “blame” on my “genetics.” My mother is from the West Indies and went to nursing school in England, and my father is Scottish. I suppose it was only a matter of time before I fell in love with a more “official” tea time.
This year, I was introduced to Brave Writer, and knew that her philosophy of teaching and learning fit perfectly with what our family had already implemented in our lives. Nature journaling, movie night, poetry tea times – I was in heaven reading about all the ways to encourage and get my children excited about writing! We had our first tea as a birthday party for my youngest. Our closest friends (who we introduced to Brave Writing) came over and celebrated the day, while also learning some fun etiquette in the process.
Most recently, we started having the more “official” Tuesday Poetry Teas into our week. I make special drinks and hor d’oeuvres, we enjoy the food, each other’s company, and poetry. Each person takes several turns (if they want) choosing and reading aloud a poetry selection.
We knew that we wanted our poetry times to incorporate the things that we value and prioritize in our family – togetherness, beauty, simplicity, and health. I own 2 platters/stands (as seen in the pictures), and my husband made a cake stand out of some of our firewood (which serves as a decorative stand for our emergency candles when not used for parties), and the jars pictured serve as functional storage when needed, or as decoration in their “off time” from parties.
We are so very thankful for Brave Writer, and for how seamlessly the BW lifestyle matches who we are as a family, and how we live our lives.